Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Symphony of Life

There is a really lovely piano song I have come to love. "Shine" by William Joseph. It has a beautiful melody, and wonderful chords that blend together in a wondrous serenade of sound. Listening to this song makes me think of goals and dreams for better a today and better tomorrows. It had different musical lines that blend together, and when the song is over, it leaves the listener inspired and refreshed. 

Music has always been one of my passions. I love both performing and listening to well composed music, especially piano music. But I've noticed two things about well written piano music, first, there's always more than one note that must be played, and second, the notes must stay within the key signature restrictions in order for the music to flow. 

Imagine for a minute that you are a key on a piano. We all are! Each of us has a very unique sound, a very unique texture that no one else can produce, there are other notes in which we find perfect harmony and others where we discover true dissonance. But we all have sound, a muted note is worth nothing. If William Joseph had chosen to play just one note, no one would ever love his song, however, he chose to use many, therefore allowing him to create a masterpiece to inspire and uplift all those who chose to listen. The moral here is simple. We all have a beautiful individual sound, but when connect ourselves with others, it allows us to be greater than we ever could be on our own. 

To my second point, I invite you to look at the Key Signature as a direction for the music to proceed. Much like a Key Signature provides the pianist direction for learning music, our Heavenly Father gives us commandments to guide us in learning the music of life. When we are working together, all notes with their individual sound, with one 'Key Signature' or set of commandments, it's a lot easier to create beautiful music. We need all the sounds God has created to have a well rounded symphony, but we all need to be playing in the same Key so we can play towards the same goal. 

The Book of Mormon prophet Alma teaches this principle this way, "And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another." (Mosiah 18:21) When we are all together in unity, we have the potential to be something greater. 

Here's the challenge. Go forward today and find a new note. Find someone who's sound you know is needed in this symphony and let them know how special they are. We need every note so the master can create a masterpiece. Let's go find them!

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